Is anyone in rio for the carnival in 2007. or anyone who can tell me of previous yrs?
My friend and I are in rio from 14th-20th feb, wanting to see and do as much as time allows but also get involved with carnival. we have been looking at buying tickets for the sambadrome, and to take part in it - is it worth it? And if so is it worth buying tickets now or when we are there? All the websites say how amazing it is and u shud do this and that.. but are they just trying to sell it??
Anyone whos been and has any advice, tips etc... would be great.
We are staying in flamengo - has anyone stayed around there - and know what its like? and how safe it is?
I have been in Rio for the carneval a few years ago (2003) and was a bit disappointed... I have not been
to the Sambadrom and I am sure that it is real good show. However, I do not think that it is a real party?
In general, there are so called blocos driving through Rio, basically trucks with very loud speakers, music and dancers etc. every day throughout carneval. Just asked around where to go and people will tell you. For some blocos, you have to pay a small fee to dance behind the truck and others are for free. It is a good party, but many cariocas are leaving Rio and it is hard to get bus tickets out during the carneval - good to know if you want to travel on. Carneval is a big party everywhere in Brazil and you will have a great time!I do not remember being in Flamengo as we stayed in Lapa, which was great and we really enjoyed going out there.
me and some of my friends will be in Rio for the Carnival this year, we dont have much of a clue about it all either, but we were just planning on going to as many beach parties and blocos as possible, the Sambadrome looks expensive but will maybe see if we can get cheap tickets there. Drop us a shout if you wanna party at all! Will be staying in Cocacabana.
Be sure to check out the Blocos... they are free and much less touristy than the Sambadrome. Here's info:
Hey Nik and Soph, Are you excited yet lol, we are .....we leave tomorrow for Brazil and will spend some time over in Brazil but are mainly going for Carnaval...
I used to live in Brazil a few years back but never made it to Carnaval. Although it can be dangerous, if you keep your wits about you, you will be ok so long as you stay in the tourist areas (tends to have more police).
Anyway get in contact with us.
During Carnivale week, some friends and I stayed at the Marina Place Hotel in the Leblon area in Rio De Janiero.
I had US$500 (1000 Real) stolen from my "safe" deposit box in my hotel room.
On my last morning in the hotel (February 21), I went to the beach and informed the receptionist that i would be no longer than one hour and could she keep my key and glasses at the front desk. When I returned, half of the money in my safe was gone although they spared me my camera, credit cards and passport. When I told the manager about this situation, he informed me that the only people that know the security code are managers. We exchanged glances and I suggested that perhaps that says it all. I am told they have video cameras on each floor and that these pictures are being "reviewed".
It is important for travellers to know that these so called "safe" deposit boxes in the rooms are not so safe and I would caution any one from placing too much trust in the integrity of the Marina Place Hotel management.